St. Catherine University honored Haben Girma with the Alexandrine Medal on May 22, 2016. Named after the Egyptian scholar Catherine of Alexandria, St. Catherine University awards the Alexandrine Medal to women who demonstrate an outstanding […]
Haben speaks at TEDx Baltimore 2014 on her education and experiences with a nonprofit where she used to work.
Oxygen, October 13, 2016
Washington Post, January 4, 2016
BBC Africa, November 18, 2015
National Public Radio, August 13, 2015
Columbus Dispatch, November 18, 2014
The Daily Beast, November 5, 2014
Business Insider, September 14, 2014
Articles by Haben
Haben Girma, October 12, 2016
The White House, July 27, 2015
Braille Monitor, April, 2013
The White House, February 27, 2013
Journal of Work and Disability, IOS Press, November 8, 2013
The Tempest, 2016
St. Catherine University, 2016
Pacific Standard, 2016
The Root, 2016
Introduced President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA
The White House, 2015
BBC Africa, 2015
National Association of the Deaf, 2014
The White House, February, 2013
Business Insider, 2013
Disability Rights Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors. June 2015 – Present
Helen Keller Services
Member, Board of Directors. January 2015 – Present
Member, Board of Directors. July 2012 – July 2013
Harvard Law School
J.D., May 2013
Harvard Black Law Students Association
Harvard Ballroom Dance Team
Lewis & Clark College
B.A. magna cum laude with Honors in Sociology/Anthropology, May 2010
Phi Beta Kappa.
Neely Scholar (college’s highest academic award.)
Oregon Association of Blind Students, Secretary.
National Federation of the Blind Leadership Seminar, Oregon Representative
U.S./Costa Rica Disability Rights and Leadership Exchange, U.S. Delegate
White House Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the ADA, Participant
Global Inclusion Leader
May 2016 – Present
Haben provides accessibility training, diversity consulting, and public speaking services. Drawing on her training in law, sociology, and technology, Haben advocates designing digital services and developing policies that will ensure a future that offers opportunities to everyone.
Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, CA
Attorney, Sept 2013 – April 2016
- Representing persons with mobility disabilities in a class action to compel the City of Long Beach to remove physical barriers along the City’s sidewalks.
- Representing the National Federation of the Blind in an action seeking to render Scribd’s reading subscription service accessible.
Wilmerhale Legal Services Center, Jamaica Plain, MA
Student Attorney, Fall 2012
Advising individuals with disabilities who needed assistance obtaining social security benefits.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston, MA
Legal Intern, Summer 2012
Berkman Center For Internet And Society, Cambridge, MA
Student Attorney, Fall 2011
- Researched and wrote a paper on the laws and regulations governing online privacy policies.
- Working with a disability organization to request an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
U.S. Department Of Education, Office For Civil Rights, Boston, MA
Legal Intern, Summer 2011
- Analyzed a dozen complaints of discrimination under Section 504 and Title VI.
- Investigated alleged violations by interviewing three parents and eight school staff members.
- Drafted six letters of compliance to schools and complainants.
- Wrote various legal memoranda on issues including discipline for special education students and the accessibility of innovative technology in schools.
Deafblind Young Adults in Action, Washington, DC
Mentor/Co-Teacher, Summer 2011
Participant, Summer 2010
- Organized and led sixteen meetings with members of Congress to push for passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and amendments to IDEA.
- Prepared participants for meetings by explaining IDEA and related policy concerns.
- Advocated for a technical assistance document establishing legal recognition of Support Service Providers during a meeting with the U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Youth Exchange And Study Preparatory Workshop, Mobility International, Eugene, OR
Mentor, Winter 2010
Created and presented two workshops, “U.S. Disability 101” and “The U.S. Disability Rights Movement,” for high school foreign exchange students with disabilities.